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Mexico News and Analysis: October 8 - 14

169 1 - ZAPATISTAS CONDEMN ATTACKS BY PAN AND PRD MILITANTS (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - CARTEL LEADER KILLED – MAYBE
3 - BORDER PATROL KILLS TEENAGER IN MEXICAN TERRITORY
4 - POLICE AND MILITARY TORTURE INCREASING IN MEXICO
5 - SENATE PASSES MONEY LAUNDERING BILL
6 - LABOR REFORM RUNS INTO OBSTACLES

The Junta of Good Government in La Realidad, located in the southern canyon region of Chiapas, issued a public condemnation of PAN and PRD militants affiliated with CIOAC Historico, a group of coffee-growers, for attacks against Zapatista support bases in ejido Guadalupe, municipality of Las Margaritas.  The public denunciation follows a series of escalating incidents in Zapatista communities in different parts of Chiapas that include armed attacks, land displacements, and imprisonment of Zapatista supporters.  Increasing public condemnations by Zapatista authorities in recent months coincide with official indifference or support for the attackers at the federal, state and local levels, leading to a potentially explosive situation.  The Mexico Solidarity Network calls on the political class in Mexico to end its war of attrition against Zapatista communities.

2 - CARTEL LEADER KILLED – MAYBE
The Mexican Navy killed the leader of the notoriously violent Zeta cartel last Sunday night, then lost the body when armed men stole it from a local funeral home early Monday morning.  The blunder left many Mexicans wondering exactly who was killed.  Navy officials claimed they didn’t know Heriberto Lazcano, aka Lazca, was the victim until checking fingerprint databases. However, US officials knew the identity before the body disappeared, leaving Mexican officials looking incompetent at best.

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS: DECEMBER 19-25, 2011

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER
2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER

The Obama administration will cut most of the National Guard troops working along the US-Mexico border, following an article criticizing the deployment published two weeks earlier by the Washington Post.  The Post found the Guard troops to be largely a publicity effort that wasted taxpayer money and pandered to Republican Party demands for more border security in the midst of a presidential campaign.  Obama will reduce the National Guard deployment in January from the current 1,200 troops to 300, saving about US$60 million annually.  The remaining troops will focus on aerial surveillance missions.  Military border deployments began under the Bush administration in 2006 and were extended by Obama, with a total cost of US$1.35 billion.

 

2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

The entire police force in Veracruz, Mexico's busiest harbor, was fired on Wednesday and replaced temporarily by 2,400 Navy troops.  More than 800 officers and 300 administrators, many either willingly or forcibly aligned with the powerful Zeta cartel, lost their jobs.  Governor Javier Duarte and recently appointed Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire made the announcement.  New police officers will have to pass federally mandated exams, including drug testing, a lie detector test, and financial reviews.  The testing program is relatively new, and it is unclear if it has been successful in cleaning up police departments where it has been implemented.

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NEWS & ANALYSIS: OCT 31 - NOV 6, 2011

1 - MEXICO ABANDONS PLANS FOR NUCLEAR POWER
2 - TROOPS UNEXPECTEDLY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
3 - IMMIGRANT REMITTANCES INCREASE AS PESO SHRINKS
4 - OPPOSITION TO AMBITIOUS PLAN TO CLEAN POLICE FORCES
5 - PAN TRADES CEMENT FOR VOTES
6 - PARTIES REJECT POPULAR CONSULTATIONS
7 - GRAIN PRODUCTION DECLINES
8 - ANONYMOUS DROPS PLANS TO OUT ZETA CARTEL
9 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

Mexico has abandoned plans to construct as many as ten nuclear power plants in light of recent discoveries of huge natural gas deposits, perhaps as much as 300 million cubic feet in Coahuila and more in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Minister Jordy Herrera announced plans this week to focus on new natural gas-fired electricity plants, and to search for US$10 billion in private investment during the next five years, despite constitutional prohibitions against private ownership in the energy sector. The re-orientation may also be related to the March 11 nuclear disaster in Japan. Mexico is one of only three Latin American countries that currently uses nuclear power. Herrera rejected renewable energy sources for the foreseeable future: "Until we find a model to make renewable energy more profitable, gas is more convenient."

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